Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Aboitiz Group, partnered with local groups Community Organizers Multiversity (COM) and Urban Poor Associates (UPA) last August 14 to provide food packs for communities greatly affected by the previous lockdown in Taguig City.
The food packs, which complement the aid from Taguig’s local government unit, were given to 650 families from five community organizations namely Taguigueño Akong Dakila Habang Ako Nabubuhay Neighborhood Association, Samahan ng mga Taong may Kapansanan sa Sta. Ana (PWD Sta. Ana), Samahan ng Magkakapitbahay sa Faculty, Samahan ng mga Kababaihan ng Purok 5 Napindan, and Samahan ng Maralitang Pulong Kendi Neighborhood Association.
“In these challenging times, we can truly see the bayanihan spirit of Filipinos. We are one with Taguig City LGU, COM, UPA, and Taguig community organizations in helping the most affected. We hope the food packs are able to provide relief and hope to the members of the community suffering from economic difficulties due to the lockdowns,” said Aboitiz Foundation president and chief operating officer Maribeth Marasigan.
As of August 24, Taguig City has reported 4,146 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,263 recoveries. A total of 34,735 polymerase chain reaction tests have been conducted under the city’s Systematic Mass Approach to Responsible Testing Program.
“Malaking tulong po ang naibigay ng Aboitiz Foundation dahil ang inyong naibigay na tulong ay tatagal ng ilang araw. (What the Aboitiz Foundation gave is a big assistance to us as this will help us get by for a few more days). On behalf of PWD Sta. Ana nagpapasalamat ako sa Aboitiz Foundation,” said Henry Espiritu, PWD Sta. Ana president.
Even if the officers and members of PWD Sta. Ana and other four community organizations themselves were badly affected, they proactively assisted Aboitiz Foundation in the identification of families and the orderly distribution of the relief packs.
To date, the Aboitiz Group has contributed over P2.2 billion for its COVID-19 response efforts nationwide. This excludes various payments waived, reduced, extended, or restructured to help its customers cope with the impact of COVID-19.